What’sUpNewp is proud to announce our sponsorship and support of the 2017 Rogue Island Comedy Festival.

Scheduled for October 5th – 9th, Rhode Island’s only stand-up comedy festival will once again bring the best local and nationally known comedians to Newport.

Since I took over ownership of What’sUpNewp in 2012, it’s been a priority of mine to support the live music, entertainment and comedy scene here in Newport. If sailing is the heart of Newport, live music and entertainment are the soul of The-City-By-The-Sea.

“For a town saturated with character and good spirits, Newport deserves to have a festival dedicated to nothing but laughter,” Doug Key, founder of Rogue Island Comedy Festival explains on the event’s website. “In today’s day and age, it’s tough to leave the house when your favorite show is at your fingertips on demand, or your funny Facebook friend shares those ‘hilarious’ videos. It’s not until you experience a real stand up show that you realize what you’re missing out on: original jokes, authentic stories, and a temporary escape from all the seriousness in the world”.

Six venues, including Brick Alley Pub, Dockside, Jane Pickens Theater, Empire Tea & Coffee, The Firehouse Theater and Studio 3, will host more than forty comics throughout fourteen comedy shows over Columbus Day Weekend.

“These are some of the hardest working comics today. A few will inevitably go on to be comedy’s next big thing and i’m so thankful they are here,” Key continues on the site.

We’ve long made it a priority to support the live music, comedy and entertainment scene in Newport. With our expansion to cover all of Rhode Island with What’sUpRhodeIsland, we look forward to working with many more venues, artists, entertainers and events across Rhode Island in the near future. What’sUpNewp sponsoring the Rogue Island Comedy Festival is a natural and perfect fit, we look forward to supporting this annual event, and these comedians, for many years to come.

For more information, the event schedule or tickets, visit www.rogueislandcomedyfest.com.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.